Times certainly are changing. Devices that can boast a larger screen are becoming the current fad. By increasing screen sizes manufacturers hope to fortify users’ ability to multitask and become even more efficient by maximizing usability. Dell has jumped onto the bandwagon by releasing the Dell Streak, an Android tablet device that also doubles as a phone. The 5″ screen certainly creates a long list of possibilities, but will the screen be too big, making the phone cumbersome? Read on to find out!
Here’s the unboxing of the Dell [...]
Since kicking off our coverage of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, you’ve seen our unboxing video, Part 1 of our software overview, and the hardware overview. Well now it’s time for Part 2 of the software overview.
In this video we compare the speed of the Xperia X10 against the Samsung Galaxy S. The X10 is preloaded with Android 1.6 while the Galaxy S comes with 2.1. These two devices face off in a stock browser comparison, YouTube load time test, and finally a simple assessment of app opening times.
You will surely notice that we have opted to load custom [...]
So far, we have unboxed and taken a look at the presinstalled softwware on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. We now take a look at the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10’s hardware. The 4″ capacitive touch screen makes navigation through the user interface a breeze. 4″ seems to be a very happy medium in terms of screen size-it’s not too small and difficult to use and it’s not too large and hard to hold. Powered by a 1GHz processor the X10 stays current with its competition and shows little to no slowdown. The X10 comes packed with a 1500mAh battery that Sony claims [...]
Next up, we scrape the surface on the software that makes up the Xperia X10. Unfortunately, with Android 1.6 preinstalled the X10 is slightly behind the 8-ball. Sony has stated they will be upgrading the device to Android 2.1 in late September, but there is no word on 2.2. Sony has however included two custom applications on the X10 that each serve a useful purpose. Timescape is an application that aggregates the users social networks into one common area. There is also a Timescape homescreen widget for added convenience. Mediascape on the other hand, brings pictures, videos, and music [...]
Will I get belittled ten years down the line (or more likely, five minutes from now) for arguing that smartphones have nearly reached their pinnacle, feature-wise? Probably. But like Bill Gates and his famous (though most likely misattributed) 1981 quote about 640KB of program memory being all the world will ever need, I’m willing to set myself up for a possible ruthless mocking, simply for the sake of stoking a spirited discussion.
So here goes: while not all high-end features have reached each and every smartphone, on a feature-by-feature basis, we’re currently at [...]
A great feature with Android is the ability for device manufactures to implement their own “skin” to work in their device(s). We’ve seen this in the form of HTC Sense on HTC phones, and, Dell has also followed suit with the release of the Dell Streak Android Tablet. In Part 1 of our Software Overview on the Dell Streak, we showed you Dell’s custom interface.
Well, now it’s time to run some tests and check out how a few highly used apps perform on the Dell Streak. First, we check out how fast the YouTube app loads. Next, we look at how well the [...]
We now get up close and personal with the Dell Streak to take a look at its hardware. With its 5″ Gorilla-Glass screen, the Dell Streak has taken a great deal of both positive and negative criticism. The larger than average form factor could make the phone cumbersome and difficult to use. However, it could also increase the users efficiency by allowing them to type faster and more accurately on a larger keyboard, and also allow more widgets and shortcuts to fit on the screen.
The Streaks 5″ screen has a 800 x 480 resolution and is equipped with a 1Ghz processor and [...]
We recently kicked off our series on the Dell Streak Android Tablet with an unboxing video. We next follow up by taking a look at the custom interface system that Dell has implemented with this device. The typical notification bar on Android devices call for a downward swipe and only includes information such as new email, missed calls, text messages, etc. Dell has taken this a step further by also adding connectivity options, a favorite programs list, and the ability to add “rooms”, or homescreens all to the top bar. The Streaks 5″ screen also gives the user much [...]
Previously you heard from Joe Levi on why he uses a Nexus One as his daily driver, and from Brandon Miniman on his choice of the iPhone 4. Now I’d like to tell you why it is the EVO 4G that can be found in my pocket each day.
As someone who has a huge weakness for anything new in the tech world, I’ve owned many phones over the past few years. Some of these devices were mine only for a very brief period. I found myself switching phones every month or two, until I landed on the iPhone. However, I recently left the iPhone behind so that I could enter the Android world. [...]
In part 1 of our software comparison between the HTC EVO 4G and the Samsung Galaxy S we scratched the surface of the software performance of each of the two devices. In our hardware comparison video we gave you a look at the differences and the similarities of the hardware specs and size each of these two devices features.
In part 2 of our software comparison, we finish off our coverage by taking a look at the YouTube application, game play performance, virtual keyboard, and general navigation through the home-screen system.
The YouTube application seems to load faster [...]
Part one of our software comparison between the HTC EVO 4G and the Samsung Galaxy S featured a browser test and a look at the overall speed in general navigation as well.
Next up is our hardware comparison. The HTC EVO 4G features a 4.3″ LCD screen and the Samsung Galaxy S is equipped with a 4″ Super AMOLED screen. While Super AMOLED does certainly look better, typing on the virtual keyboard is somewhat easier on the EVO’s bigger screen.
The HTC EVO 4G initially received a lot of attention as one of the first devices to feature a Micro HDMI out port. [...]
The CPU (Central Processing Unit) of computers has undergone a lot of changes since the early days of desktop PCs. Today, your choices include any of a number of AMD or Intel processors. These processors are serving more and more functions which used to be handled by separate chips (CPU; ALU; Memory Controller; L1, L2, and L3 Cache). Combining functionality into fewer and fewer chips reduces cost, power consumption, and overall heat — all things desirable on a mobile platform.
Mobile processors are undergoing the same transformation. Today the race is between [...]
With Intel putting pressure on the mobile chip market, Qualcomm is said to have shipped its dual-core Snapdragon, an ARM-based solution, to HTC to utilize in its next-generation smartphones. According to Android and Me, the significance of Qualcomm’s dual-core offering would be “Each enhanced core runs at speeds up to 1.2GHz and they are made with the new 45nm process technology for ultra-low power consumption. Additional features of the third-generation Snapdragon include support for HSPA+ networks, a more powerful GPU, 1080p video encode/decode, and support for 24-bit [...]
Many of the recent Android devices are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor, which is capable of clock speeds up to 1 Ghz. This powerhouse of a chip can be found in the Google Nexus One, Droid Incredible, and the forthcoming HTC Evo 4G. Currently every Android-powered device runs on a single-core chip. In a move sure to mix-up the mobile market, Qualcomm recently announced its first dual-core Snapdragon chips, which will be capable of speeds up to 1.2 GHz.
While many would argue that a phone doesn’t need anything more than a single core (or even a single [...]
A leaked advertisement image for the next generation Motorola Droid successor was leaked earlier and now we have a picture of someone’s hands holding the keyboard-less smartphone that appears in tablet form.
Rumors have it that Motorola will be using a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset instead of the Texas Instruments OMAP CPU in the original Motorola Droid. Other features, according to Android and Me, include “a 4.3-inch screen, 8MP camera (capable of shooting 720p video), 16 GB internal storage, and HDMI out.” Along with Android 2.2, it appears that an [...]
I was contacted by YouTube user LuiggiPR2002 and he wanted to remake and dub our Sprint HTC EVO 4G video into Spanish. For our Spanish speaking audience, you can hit up his channel or watch the video in Spanish embedded below.
A forum member over at Android Central was able to take the EVO 4G out for a spin and took a video of the phone next to the small webOS Palm Pre, also on Sprint. Next to the Palm Pre, the EVO 4G’s 4.3-inch capacitive multitouch display looks enormous.
Also, the above shot taken with the EVO 4G’s 8-megapixel camera, which also is capable of 720p HD video, looks pretty good.
(via: Android Central)
We stopped by the Sprint office in San Francisco, California on the way to Google I/O and got a demo of a release model of the device with some of its apps–some of which will be updated at or after launch, like the Qik app. Hardware-wise, is pretty much what we saw at CTIA. For those in the Bay Area, San Francisco will be joining Sprint’s 4G coverage, but unfortunately the 4G network isn’t live yet in SF when we got the demo, so we were browsing on Sprint’s 3G speeds, which is still quite good.
The HTC EVO 4G marries the best features from many [...]
Having already poked around the hardware of the HTC Droid Incredible, it’s time to take the software out for a spin. In this video, we take a look at the Sense UI and widgets found on the Snapdragon-powered CDMA Android device. The vanilla Android 2.1 experience is excellent, but HTC’s customizations raise it to an unforgettable experience. We demo some new features, like “Leap” and the “Friend Stream” widget, as well as revisit some older, still useful features found in Sense.
In case you missed it, check out the unboxing and hardware tour [...]
After this morning’s early website debut of the Droid Incredible, which subsequently led the carrier to take down the site, Verizon Wireless is now featuring the specs of the handset. The detailed specs confirm everything that we’ve already known: 3.7-inch AMOLED WVGA display, 1 GHz processor, HTC Sense UI, Android 2.1 Google Experience device, 8 GB internal memory augmented to with 16 GB storage card, and an 8-megapixel autofocus camera. The launch seems closer than ever with the pre-order page having jumped the gun earlier and now the specs sheet going live on the [...]
With conflicting rumored release dates for the HTC Incredible for a release on Verizon Wireless at the end of April, a leaked manual of the device shows that the Android handset made by HTC will feature a 1 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 8 GB of internal memory, as well as support for micro SDHC cards. The Incredible will also have 802.11n WiFi and support for an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus and video recording, but there was no mention of what the video resolution would be–for comparison, the Sprint EVO 4G smartphone can record up to 720p HD videos with its 8-megapixel [...]
Despite a late launch in the United States, the HTC HD2 has been a popular device for carrier T-Mobile. The device is once again sold out–for the third time since launch–though there may still be some limited inventory at local retail stores. The HTC HD2’s popularity shows that Windows Mobile, when executed correctly, can still be popular with mainstream audiences outside of niche users and corporate users who rely on Microsoft’s ecosystem.
The device features a fast Snapdragon processor, a capacious 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen display–a first [...]
The CDMA version of the HTC Desire with a capable CPU that’s been underclocked to conserve power may be hitting Verizon Wireless in a two weeks according to the latest rumors. Rumored to have an 8-megapixel camera, a 768 MHz CPU, and 512 MB of DRAM with Android 2.1 and Sense UI, the HTC Incredible will compete nicely against the Verizon Wireless variant of Google Nexus One when Google and Verizon releases that version that will be compatible with Verizon Wireless’ EVDO Rev. A mobile broadband network.
Now, the hard part is choosing between an official Google Phone [...]